A hill station of Dooars, Rocky Island is a small village in Samsing. It has hills along with the Murti River which enhances the beauty of the place. This is completely being in the lap of the nature with its extraordinary beauty to witness. It is a complete pleasure to the eyes.
Rocky Island in Dooars region, is a small village of Samsing. From Siliguri through Sevoke one can go to Malbazar and from there a high road leads to Samsing. Staring at the little cottages built on the lap of the hills, right to the river’s shore, one really wish to go far away from the chaos of the cities. During morning, just rising from the bed one may listen to the babble sounds of the water of Murti River, and similarly the hill becomes more attractive and beautiful during the sunset. It is very pleasurable to see the beauty of the hill and to listen to the wave of the river from the corridor of the cottage in weary and lonely afternoon. During September to May the water level of the river is often dried up, so it would not be so bad to spend some time with our beloved on the great-stones in middle of the river. The people of the locality will arrange a Buddhist Festival in a very special day of the year where they print the scared hymns of Buddhists in small flags which are fitted in 108 bamboos. After which these bamboos are placed in the whole village of Rocky Island. The clothes consists of 11,000 hymns printed on them and the local people believes that this act provides safety not only to them but to the entire village.
GETTING TO ROCKY ISLAND IN DOOARS
By Road: From Siliguri through Sevoke one can go to Malbazar and from there a high road leads to Samsing. There is also another way to go Samsing and it is through Gazolboba. One may get small car or larger car from the Siliguri PC Mittal Bus Stand to come in Samsing and then to Rocky Island & the sum paid for conveying a person is RS 80/- to 130/-. Again one can also hire a private car to Rocky Island at fare of Rs 2500/- to 2600/-. The leading road to Samsing is so much lovely that it gives the feelings of a perfect hill station in a true sense. There are dense and green tea gardens, open sky and the hilly roads around the Samsing. all these aspects create a natural beauty in Samsing that leaves a deep impression upon the traveler’s mind.
By Train: Situated at a distance of almost 80 km from Chalsa is the North Bengals most important railway station, the New Jalpaiguri Railway station in Siliguri. Most of the tourists can disembark at New Jalpaiguri Railway Station and take a bus from here to Chalsa. From Chalsa they can travel towards Rocky Island on bus.
Where To Stay
To say about the staying places, there are five to seven homestays and we are pleased to inform you that all of these offers good services by providing you suitable rooms and fresh foods along with hospitability. But we will want to state a little about “Susmita Homestay“, “River Camp Homestay” and “Priyanka Homestay“, as these two home stays are very nearer to the river and these are also the perfect places to enjoy the fusion of beauties – of the hills and of the river. There is another homestay named “Namrata Homestay” and you can find there the Cardamom plantation and lots of orchids.
Things To Do In Rocky Island of the Dooars region
There also some beautiful place to visit from Rocky Island, which would easily be covered within 2 days. These are Garibas, Jhalong, Bindu, IndoBhutan Border, Dalgaon, Rongoo Gumpha, Vatitar Hanging Bridge, Kumai Mayur Point, Laliguras, Suntalekhola.
Dalgaon: Dalgaon is a beautiful village of North Bengal in Duars or Dooars region with picturesque beauty of nature. Dalgaon View Point is a 2-hr walk from Gairibas. The beautiful wooden houses beside the stepwise landscapes, all are with colorful flowers shaded with the pine trees, which makes this destination into one of most beautiful villages of Dooars region.
Bindu: Bindu is the last village of West Bengal before one enters Bhutan. Bindu is the small town can be used as a base for several short treks in the lower Kalimpong hills. Bindu is also famous for its cardamom plantations.
Jhalong: Away from the crowd along the bank of River Jaldhaka Jhalong is one of the best hamlet of Dooars. The hydro electric project on river Jaldhaka has become a major attraction of jhalong, and the best thing is tourist has the permission to closly visit the dam of the project. Jhalong is also famous for its cardamom plantations.
Rongo: A village at the top of the hill near the Bhutan Boarder. Rongo is a small village with few houses and a small local village, villagers are used to grow the medicinal Cinchona Plant.